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									        Visual Arts Communicate Ideas and Express the Values of Cultures

Grade Kindergarten
Focus: ART IS ALL AROUND US.
Where do you see art?

Module 1 - The elements of art are all around us.
What is art?
Where do you see the elements of art?
Choose one artwork from your portfolio. Share orally with the class at the kinds of lines,
shapes, or colors used in the artwork. Tell what the artwork is about and why you chose
to talk about it
1.3
4.1
3.3 - spiraling standard
(1.3, 2.2, 2.3 recommended)

Module 2 - Art can tell stories about people.
How does art tell stories?
Create an artwork (mural, painting, collage, drawing, etc.) that shows people doing
something together. Describe what the people are doing. What are some clues that
show what they are doing?
3.2
3.2, 2.4
(2.6 recommended)
3.3 - spiraling standard

Module 3 -People use art for many reasons.
How do people use art?
Choose an artwork that you made that can be used. Tell how you made it and how it
can be used.
3.1
4.3
(2.1, 5.2 - recommended)
3.3 - spiraling standard

Module 4 -Art can be 3 dimensional
What is 3-D art?
Choose one of the artworks you made for this module. Why did you choose the
artwork? How did you make it 3-D?
2.7
4.3, 2.2
(3.3, 1.2)


Grade 1
Focus: ART TELLS US ABOUT THE WORLD.
What does art tell us?
Module 1 - Artists discuss how they use the elements of art in their work.
How do artists use the elements of art?
Look through your portfolio and choose an artwork. Explain how you used at least two
elements of art (line, shape, color, texture, form). Identify the subject matter.
1.3
2.4, 4.1
(2.1, 2.2)
3.2-spiraling standard

Module 2 - Artists choose different subjects for their work.
What subjects do artists choose for their art?
Choose an artwork from your portfolio: Describe the subject you chose to depict. How
did you demonstrate it? (process) What materials did you use? (media and tools)
3.2
3.3 4.4
(2.6, 2.8, 1.2, 4.3)
3.2-spiraling standard

Module 3 - Artists design everyday objects.
What everyday objects are designed?
Look at the various everyday objects you designed. Choose one and tell what it would
be used for. Explain your design
3.1
4.2
(2.3, 2.8, 5.4)
3.2-spiraling standard

Module 4 - Artists from all over the world make works of art.
How does art look in different parts of the world?
With a partner, choose 2 artworks from different cultures. Tell how they are the
same/different.
3.4
3.3
1.2, 2.8, 5.2
3.2 spiraling standard

Grade 2
Focus: Art Expresses Ideas
How does art express ideas?

Module 1 - Artists use a variety of media, tools, and materials.
What are the tools and media that artists use?
Create or choose an artwork that uses your favorite media. Why is it your favorite?
2.2
2.1
(2.3, 4.1, 4.2)
3.1 spiraling standard

Module 2 - Artists express ideas.
What ideas do artists express?
Compare and contrast the ideas in your artwork to the ideas in another artwork.
4.1
1.3, 5.3
(1.2,2.4,2.3)
3.1

Module 3 - Artists express ideas within their communities.
What is a community?
How are artists part of the community?
What do artists in our community do?
Create an artwork to be displayed in your community(e.g. mural, statue, mosaic,
advertisement, flyer). Explain the ideas behind it.
3.1
5.4
3.1 spiraling standard

Module 4 - People use art in events and celebrations.
How do people use art in celebrations?
Select one or more artworks. Explain (verbally, written, checklist) the purpose for the
artwork and the celebration it commemorates.
3.3
3.2
(1.1,1.3, 2.1, 2.5, 3.1)
3.1 spiraling standard


Grade 3
Focus: DAILY LIFE INSPIRES ARTISTS.
How does life inspire artists?

Module 1 - Artists make art about what they see, think and feel.
Why do artists make art?
How do artists express what they see, think and feel?
Select a drawing from your sketchbook. Create an artwork based on your sketch.
2.4
1.5
(2.2, 4.1)
2.1-spiraling standard

Module 2 - Artists make art to show how they see different places.
Why do artists make art about different places?
Look at two different landscapes, seacapes or cityscapes. Compare and contrast the
two artworks, including the artists’ use of space.
(You may work with a partner, pair share, use a circle map to describe each artwork.)
4.1
3.1,1.3
(2.3)
2.1-spiraling standard

Module 3 - Art affects people’s lives.
How does art affect your life?
Show your knowledge of different careers in the arts that affect people’s lives, such as
architect, fashion designer, animator, muralist, industrial designer. Explain what each
artist does and how their work affects people’s lives.
5.4
2.1 -spiraling standard


Grade 4
Focus: ARTISTS CREATE ART BASED ON LIFE EXPERIENCES.
Why do artists document their experiences?

Module 1 - Understanding the language of art helps you see and discuss art with
clarity.
How does the language of art help us to discuss/see art better?
Write a response to an artwork (at beginning of module AND the same artwork again at
the end of module). Discuss how the language of art are used in the artwork. Compare
the two responses – how have you been able to clarify your ideas?
4.1 essential
1.5 supporting
3.1, 4.5
spiraling
(1.1, 1.3, 1.5, 2.8)

Module 2 - Artists make figurative art based on life experiences.
Why do artists show people in different ways?
Create a portrait or figurative work that either uses correct or incorrect proportion.
Explain your use of proportion. What does the artwork say about you?
2.2
1.4
3.1, 4.5 spiraling
(4.3,1.2, 1.5, 2.1, 2.3, 2.6)

Module 3 - Artists document people and their lives.
Why do people document people and their lives?
Create an artwork that contains symbols, objects, colors, etc. that are a reflection of your
life. Explain your choices.
3.1
5.3
3.1, 4.5
spiral
(1.4, 2.2, 2.5 recommended)

Grade 5
Focus: ART IS A REFLECTION OF CULTURE.
How does art reflect culture?

Module 1 – (add review module - if needed -does not have a separate enduring
understanding: 1.2, 1.3, 2.2)
Different cultures have various purposes for creating art.
What is culture?
What are different purposes for creating art?
Using the culture you studied, choose 3 artworks and identify the purpose of each one
(e.g. utilitarian, celebratory, religious, etc).
4.2 essential
2.7, 5.2 supporting

Module 2 - Artists make choices based on their values, opinions, and personal
insights.
How do artists make choices about their work?
Choose an artwork you created. Explain what you communicated in your artwork. What
criteria did you use? How did you meet your criteria?
2.7 essential
4.4 supporting
(2.4, 2.5, 2.6 recommended)

								
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